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Protrusion from the vaginal area...
  • Hey all!

    So, I'm kind of a new dog mommy. This is the first puppy I've actually owned. Awhile ago I noticed a little protrusion in Avacyn's vaginal area. Apparently, I had just noticed it but my husband said he noticed it awhile ago. Anyway, I took her into the vet and they said that it could be a prolapsed uterus. They prescribed some sort of steroid to see if that would help, well it didn't and now I'm using an ointment twice a day while using lube in between to stick it back in there. The vet said that it was important to keep the area moist and try and slide it back into place, which I do.

    It doesn't seem to be causing her any discomfort. I did read somewhere that it can affect their ability to pee, but she doesn't seem to have any issue with that other than she only goes like once or twice a day (is that normal?). The vet recommended a specialist, but it's just so dang expensive and we're kind of in a tight spot right now. My husband and I are kind of on the theory that if it's not bothering her then we won't worry about it too much, but being a dog mom it still concerns me. Anyone have any advice or have seen this before?

    Thanks!
  • sunyatasunyata
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    If it is a potential prolapsed uterus, I would see to it immediately. This can cause sepsis quite rapidly if it is not taken care of in an appropriate manner. NEVER be "of the theory that if it is not bother her than we will not worry". If there is something medically wrong with your pet, take care of it, no matter how un-bothered she seems.

    Honestly, if that is what it is, since she will not be used for breeding, the best course of action is to spay her. Get a second opinion (another regular vet or a reproductive specialist) as soon as possible.
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  • Agree with sunyata 100%.
  • lindsaytlindsayt
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    It can be worsened with every heat cycle...If she isn't spayed yet, do it ASAP and get her tacked back into place.
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  • Thanks everyone! We did get her spayed about 4 months ago which is why i'm confused why this would be happening. But I scheduled an appointment with a specialist. The earliest I could get is next Thursday so hopefully they can figure out if it is a prolapsed uterus if not.
  • lindsaytlindsayt
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    Sounds more like a vaginal prolapse since she is spayed, and wouldn't have a uterus. Do you have a photo?
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  • Poor thing! Glad to hear you made an appointment, please share a pic if you can.
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    So, here's what it looks like. I've been applying Quadritop Ointment in the morning and at night. In between I've been using KY Jelly. I'll let ya'll know what the vet says on Thursday. My guess is they might have to like stitch it back where it belongs, but we will see.
  • lindsaytlindsayt
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    that's her clitoris it looks like...probably has a little hypertrophy. Honestly, if it isn't bothering, just leave it. Her vulva is so small it just doesn't hide it like it would had she had a few seasons.
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    Post edited by lindsayt at 2015-09-09 15:05:43
  • My husband says the same thing. She's clearly not in distress so it's not a big deal. I just want to make sure it won't/can't get infected and lead to other problems later on.
  • Ok. So, just got back from the specialist. @lindsayt you were right, Avacyn has clitoral hypertrophy. It's not a huge deal according to the vet, like it doesn't need to be taken care of right now, but it is something that we will want to take care of sooner rather than later. However, the estimate is between $1300-$1800 sooooo ya. I need to talk to my husband about it tonight. What we'll probably do is hold off for awhile so we can save up for the surgery.
  • WOW that is crazy expensive! :(

    At least it's nothing too serious, glad to hear that.
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  • lindsaytlindsayt
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    I would totally just leave it alone, personally, and use the $ to go on a nice family vacation or take agility classes or nosewrok lessons :) I would never cut off an animals clitoris, especially if it just cosmetic and not bothering them (the exception is masturbating monkeys-I used to work for a Vet for years and this was actually a thing and a problem for the owner, especially as it was a service monkey). Not all Vets have good intentions when it comes to cosmetic procedures.
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    Post edited by lindsayt at 2015-09-13 02:02:52
  • I literally just spit out some of my drink after reading "masturbating monkeys".

    Glad this it wasn't anything super serious!
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  • Evie has the same thing - and it really looks very similar, too. She's totally fine. I would leave it alone unless it presents an issue. It's been 6 years since the vet diagnosed Evie's and it has never presented a problem. It's obviously a little sensitive, but she does fine and has never had any issues with drying out or infection.
    Post edited by hanalulu at 2015-09-27 16:23:45

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